October 15

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The Cat Island With No Cats

This was supposed to be a picture of dozens of eager kittehs roaring up the stairs to partake of my squid snax.

This was supposed to be a picture of dozens of eager kittehs scampering up the shrine stairs to mob me for my squid snax.

So, I went to one of Japan’s famed cat islands…and didn’t see any cats. Well, okay, I saw a few, but nothing like the Bunny Island mobbing I was hoping for.

Hey, if you'd checked our contracts, you'd KNOW that May to October is NAPTIME, especially during the daylight hours when the ferry brings would-be cat tourists

Hey, if you’d checked our contracts, you’d KNOW that May to October is NAPTIME, especially during the daylight hours when the ferry brings would-be cat tourists

This ought to have been the sampler pack, not the "look at the vast number of cats here!" shot

This ought to have been the sampler pack, not the “look at the vast number of cats here!” shot

Just imagine there are a hundred more of these

Just imagine there are a hundred more of these

Talk to my agent

Talk to my agent

At least the ones I saw had attitude

On the steps of the Hardly Any Cats Here Shrine, this one finally threw me a bone and tossed off a just-like-in-the-ukiyoe-prints pose

Notes to self:

  1. Apparently, there is more than one “famous cat island” in Japan
  2. The middle of the day (which in cat-reckoning means 9-5) is for sleeping in a secrit shady spot NO EXCEPTIONS
  3. Cats are not as friendly as bunnies, but more friendly than hedgehogs

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